Elections: Outside spending in 2010 was $489 million dollars, while the total cost of the federal election campaigns was $3.65 billion dollars. All together, $4.14 billion dollars was spend on federal elections.
- $43,131 was spent per vote cast in the 2010 election. *
Lobbying: In addition to campaign contributions to elected officials and candidates, companies, labor unions, and other organizations spend billions of dollars each year to lobby Congress and federal agencies. In 2010 a total of 3.51 BILLION Dollars was spent on lobbying. [ OpenSecrets ] In 2010 the US Census Bureau reports that 95,987 people reported that they voted [ US Census ] (33,000+ didn’t answer the question.)
- Lobbyists spent $36,567 per vote cast in the 2010 election.
There were 210,080,000 voting aged citizens in 2010. That means that in 2010:
- The cost of elections per voting aged citizen was $19,707 per person
- The cost of lobbying per voting aged citizen was $16,708 per person
* That is more than the household income for 40% of all Americans